SRINAGAR: The judicial infrastructure in J&K has not improved much in the last three years in the state, owing to lack of quality spending than lack of funds, official documents suggest.
Under a special concession for J&K and Northeast states, 90 percent of funds for raising judicial infrastructure is covered by the Government of India. However, the state has not seen much work in the sector.
As per the information given by Law ministry, Government of India in the Parliament recently, against the pending cases of more than two lakh, there are only 200 courts halls for listening to these cases, while only three judges have been recruited in the last three years. The judiciary officers have too not been recruited as per the sanctioned strength. Until 2018, there are 224 officers recruited against the strength of 261, reads the Law Ministry data.
The judiciary infrastructure is already poor in the state which was pointed out by Comptroller and Auditor General of India last year. As per the CAG, there are 20 percent courts without buildings, and 64 percent of the existing judicial institutions are in a “poor or very poor state.” The CAG had audited 177 total courts of the state out of which 20 percent were found functioning either from private buildings or buildings of other departments.
As per information tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, the GOI has been allocating funds for the development of judiciary infrastructure across the country since 1993. Only 6000 crore have been spent so far across India including JK.
The law ministry said that after finding abysmal presence of judiciary infrastructure, the GoI last year extended the scheme till 2020 with a special concession to JK that 90 percent of funds will be given by New Delhi, while in rest, only 60 percent flows from the GoI. Despite the availability of funds, Kashmir Valley, has only witnessed construction of one major building District Court Complex at Mominabad.